Two-week installation begins May 5th.
Community Is Invited to Attend Official Unveiling and Celebration of the Jump For Joy Mural On May 19 At The Palm Springs Cultural Center

After months of traveling around the Coachella Valley, meeting people throughout the community, and photographing their spontaneous bursts of joyful jumping, Artist-in-Residence Eyoälha Baker has taken the final photo of her residency.  Starting Saturday May 5th, she will use the 100+ photos to create a giant mural on the back façade of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. When complete, the mural will be a beautiful cultural mosaic of the community and a contagious burst of joyful energy for all who experience it. The installation is expected to take two weeks to complete.

The mural will be officially unveiled on Saturday, May 19th. The entire community is invited to attend. The artist will be presenting a free talk sharing her background, her inspirations, and many heartwarming stories about the project. It will be followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Official Unveiling
Saturday, May 19, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Free Community Event
Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theatres)
2300 Baristo Rd
Palm Springs, California

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(Pictured, Above: Artist-in-Residence Eyoälha Baker captures Palm Springs Cultural Center staff member Eric “Pappy” Smith jumping for joy in front of the the blank theatre wall where the Jump For Joy photo mural will be installed this week. Photo Credit- Eyoälha Baker)

Jump for Joy is based on the belief that joy is contagious and uses public art as the way to inspire joy on a mass scale. The artist photographs individuals jumping, with the intention of capturing the uniqueness of personal character and the uplifting, powerful energy of joy. The photos are shot in a variety of locations that highlight the cityscape and the individual’s real-life experience within it. The joyful energy is shared collectively by creating a large-scale public art intervention that reflects and celebrates the cultural mosaic of the community. The mural, composed of hundreds of individual photos, often has a visceral impact on those who come upon it, inspiring the exponential sharing of joy through an endless number of selfies and social media postings of passers-by.  

Eyoälha Baker is a passionate artist, photographer, muralist, public speaker, and the creative behind the Jump for Joy! Photo Project. Eyoälha has spent over five years taking photographs of people from all walks of life, jumping into the air to capture the energy of their individual joy and then sharing it the wider community through large-scale public art projects which have garnered international praise and inspired people worldwide. Her images and writing have been published internationally, and she was a recent keynote speaker at TEDx. She holds a BFA with Honours from Concordia University, a Media Resources Diploma and attended LAMP International Business Management Program at Capilano University.

New in 2018, the PSCC Artist-in-Residence Program brings emerging artists of merit from around the world to the Coachella Valley to create art interventions inspired by their experience here. In addition to their creative work, artists will engage students, seniors and the local artistic community through master classes and public talks, providing an opportunity for creative and cultural exchange meaningful to the artists practice and our community.